Ways to Get Involved

Whether you want to further conservation, learn more about nature or share your love of the outdoors, you’ve come to the right place. National wildlife refuges provide many opportunities for you to help your community and fish and wildlife by doing what you love.

National wildlife refuges partner with volunteers, youth groups, landowners, neighbors and residents of urban and coastal communities to make a lasting difference. Find out how you can help make American lands healthier and communities stronger while doing something personally satisfying.

Volunteers: Gain new experiences and meet new people while helping to advance wildlife conservation.
Friends Group: Join neighbors in supporting your local refuge through service and advocacy.
Youth: Explore paid and unpaid opportunities to learn and develop leadership skills.

Permits: Learn how to apply for a special use permit to conduct commercial activity or research on the refuge.

2024 Youth Conservation Corps Program

YCC crew installing a sign at Wassaw National Wildlife Refuge

Savannah National Wildlife Refuge is offering Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) positions for young people ages 15 to 18 during the summer months in 2024.  This year’s YCC program will last 8 weeks, starting on June 3 and continuing until July 29, 2023.  YCC recruits work 40 hours a week, 7:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. each day, and are paid $15.00 per hour.  They must be a permanent resident of the United States, its territories or possessions, and be able to provide their own transportation to work.  

Hiring for this year's crew is being conducted by the American Conservation Experience, and deadline to apply is April 19, 2024.


For more information please contact Monica Harris at (912) 313-1365.


Front desk volunteer assists visitors at Savannah NWR

Volunteers are involved in all aspects of Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, and play a critical role in helping the refuge fulfill its mission. Volunteers are needed to assist with a variety of activities, including staffing the information desk at the Visitor Center and the Friends of Savannah Coastal Wildlife Refuges Gator Hole Bookstore, as well as assisting with environmental education programs, special events, trail and facility maintenance, interpretive programs, gardening, outreach, and much more. Whether you can work once a week, once a month, or once a year, your service is welcomed and needed!

The refuge also has two RV pads with full hook-ups where we host resident volunteers (RV).  RV volunteers live on the refuge in their own RV or camper for a minimum of 3 months (max 6 months) and work 24 hours per week in exchange for their lodging.  We typically announce opportunities for these positions on Volunteer.gov, but interested volunteers are welcome to contact us directly as well to check on availability.

If you are interested in becoming a Savannah NWR volunteer, please contact Amy Ochoa at Amy_Ochoa@fws.gov.